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Newscast Monday, July 26, 2021

At 5.4 percent unemployment in June in the Upper Peninsula, Ed Legault, executive director of the Delta County Economic Development Alliance, says things are moving in the right direction in the U.P. since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic but he says there are still not enough people to fill positions.

 

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Newscast Friday, July 23, 2021

The announcement that OSF Healthcare employees will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 does not include members of the Michigan Nurses Association at OSF Healthcare St Francis Hospital and Medical Group in Escanaba. The information was clarified yesterday.

 

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Newscast Thursday, July 22, 2021

Employees at OSF Healthcare will be required to be vaccinated by the end of September. It includes those at the Escanaba hospital. Chief Operating Officer Mike Cruz says they did not make the decision lightly. But, he says, they have an ethical obligation to be vigilant about the safety of their patients.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The question of whether masks will be required at the start of the new school year especially if students are too young to be vaccinated is one that Jay Kulbertis, superintendent of the Gladstone and Rapid River schools is being asked. He says they are still waiting for guidance from the state.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, July 20,2021

In an effort to clarify where city parking lots are in Gladstone, the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority is looking at posting signs similar to the ones in Escanaba that designed a city lot. DDA Director Ron Miaso says the goal is to provide a map of the downtown and location of the other parking lots.

 

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Newscast Monday, July 19, 2021

The Upper Peninsula Trappers Association is making a bid for the national event in 2023. Roy Dahlgren says they should know by Wednesday if Escanaba will host the national event for the third time. He says it is a big undertaking and major commitment for the community and the U.P.

 

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Newscast Thursday, July 15, 2021

Drunk driving and domestic violence cases have been on the rise in Delta County since restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic have eased. Delta County Prosecutor Brett Gardner says they are especially taking drunk driving cases very seriously.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Gladstone City Commission approved a special assessment resolution for the 15th Street reconstruction project. Several residents raised questions about drainage issues and water and sand backups at culverts on the road during a public hearing this week.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Mental health issues in the Upper Peninsula grew at a tremendous pace during the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that Kyle Rambo says it overwhelmed those at Catholic Social Services of the U.P. He says they are now picking up the pieces of the pandemic.

 

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Newscast Monday, July 12, 2021

A 21-year-old man was struck and killed by a car while walking along M-35 early Sunday morning. Gladstone Public Safety says the man was walking along the side of M-35 near North Bluff Drive in Gladstone around 3 a.m. when he was hit by the car.

 

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Newscast Friday, July 9, 2021

Delta County Commissioner Bob Barron expressed concern about the cost of the recycling center at the Delta County Landfill and an increase in tipping fees. He asked the county commissioners this week if the recycling center at the landfill is still economically viable.

 

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Newscast Thursday, July 8, 2021

Pioneer Trail Park lost a well last week that supplies water to more than 100 campsites at the park. It was a major problem heading into the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Rory Mattson with the Delta Conservation District told the Delta County Board of Commissioners this week that they were not able to pulled the pump from the well that was originally drill in 1938. A backhoe was used yesterday to try and access the pump.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Delta County is looking at the possibility of going on its own for broadband services. Currently the county gets its Internet services from the city of Escanaba. Emily DeSalvo says the current service has not been reliable.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Lighting caused several fires last night in Escanaba as a severe thunderstorm moved through the area. Escanaba Public Safety responded to two house fires that were reportedly struck by lighting.

 

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Newscast Monday, July 5, 2021

Escanaba is adding a second full time community preservation officer to handle property complaints in the city. Escanaba Mayor Marc Tall says the city council agreed to expand a part-time position to meet the growing demand.

 

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Newscast Friday, July 2, 2021

Law enforcement will be targeting speeders and impaired drivers during the Fourth of July holiday weekend although Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald says unlike other years, there is no extra funding for additional patrols. He is concerned that traffic deaths are up in Michigan including several in the U.P. in the last two weeks.

 

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Newscast Thursday, July 1, 2021

St. Vincent de Paul in Escanaba has seen a large amount of furniture donations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Loretta DeChristopher says it was a result of people forced to stay home.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Gladstone is getting ready for its Fourth of July celebration Sunday. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and runs down Delta Avenue and over to VanCleve Park where the rest of the day’s activities occur.

 

Cancelled last year because of COVID-19, Commissioner Brad Mantella says it’s great to have the parade again on the Fourth.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight is postponing one its trips to Washington D.C. in September over concerns that there won’t be a police escort for the three buses that are needed to move the group to the different memorials during the trip. Scott Knauf says it could drastically affect the group’s schedule during the day.

 

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Newscast Monday, June 28, 2021

The state health department Friday recommended that students still be required to wear masks when they return to school in the fall but did not make it mandatory. Instead, the decision to follow the COVID-19 mask requirement will be left up to the local school districts.

 

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Newscast Friday, June 25, 2021

Could the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority flip buildings in the downtown as a way to promote development? It is one of the suggestions being considered by the DDA following a survey of what residents want to see in the downtown.

 

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Newscast Thursday, June 24, 2021

Language of a recall petition for Gladstone City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Temp Brad Mantella was approved Tuesday by the Delta County Election Commission. Former City Commissioner Mike O’Connor filed the petition.

 

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Newscast Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The Escanaba School District is running the largest summer school program it has ever had as a way to help students who’s learning was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

School Superintendent Coby Fletcher says the goal is to improve the learning gap that many students experienced in a very unusual year.

 

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Newscast Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Several business are moving into Gladstone’s downtown. Ron Miaso, director of the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority, says 906 Accounting Solutions is moving into a building across from First Bank on Delta Avenue that will be helping small businesses.

 

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Newscast Monday, June 21, 2021

The city of Escanaba is looking at developing a second solar energy facility. Mayor Marc Tall says they are looking at one of the previous sites considered for the city’s solar garden that was built near the Delta County Airport in 2018. Tall says the new facility is needed to meet state renewable energy requirement.

 

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